My Mission, our story
My goal is to raise £1k for Mental Health Research, by conquering Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador, holding the closest proximity to the Sun on Earth. Why? Because for many cultures, including my own, there is a stigma surrounding mental health which is preventing people from opening up and speaking about it.I am climbing Chimborazo to inspire others and show that everyone is capable of reaching their dreams, no matter how big or wild them may seem. I aim to reach out to as many people as possible and help them realize that there is no shame in suffering and you don't need to suffer alone.The pain of broken bones can be seen and understood, while the pain of mental health can hurt all the same, but cannot be seen and in most cases not understood. For many, tackling mental health is a mountain to climb, only looking down instead of up.
My goal is to direct peoples attention to the top of their mountain, open up and keep on going!
Who am I?
Hi, my name is Simon I'm from the Czech Republic and I'm a current student at Swansea University. I've struggled with my mental health since I was 15, but never truly understood what is it all about. Until recently, I finally realised that there is nothing to be ashamed of and it is relief to open up. Being part of the Mountaineering Society has given me the foresight to keep on challenging myself to reach new heights, not just geographically but in battling my own mental health. The past year has changed my life, I look on to Chimborazo to influence others to be brave enough to make a change.
I would love for everyone to understand the importance of mental health. We are all human beings. We make mistakes. It is important to keep moving forward, even when it feels like we're going backwards. I am hoping that those struggling right now with mental health, will hear about our story and reach for help. When I feel down, I listen to others who suffer from mental health. It is always inspiring for me and If I can inspire someone else, that brings happiness to me. My motto is: be the change you wish to see in the world (Ghandi).
What am I doing?
Every year, around 800,000 people die by suicide globally. In the UK alone, there were 6,507 deaths by suicide in 2018. I aim to raise awareness for mental health to help decrease these numbers.
Why is this important to me?
I've felt the pain and I don't wish it upon anyone, whether they are family or a stranger. I feel that I should do my best to help anyone who is having such difficulties. I wish for my message to be heard both in the Czech Republic and here in Wales.Sadly, in my home country, mental health is a big cliche, with the majority of people in denial that they have such difficulties. I wish to break down this stigma.
What impact will you have?
You can make a huge difference by becoming apart of this story and many other stories. You can contribute to improve and develop peoples quality of life and break the stigma surrounding mental health. Your support has the potential to save lives! both young and old.
Where will the money go?
All funds will be used to directly support mental health developments at Swansea University.
£10 donations will receive a shout out on our Social Media with thanks!
£25 donations will receive a personal handwritten message of thanks in the post.
£60+ all of the above and our video with our compiled footage from my voyage, taking you on my journey - every step of the way.
Help us succeed!
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